previous cats and cats from the past
cats with ladies
cats with gentlemen
cats with children
cats with people you might have heard of
cats in the military
cats at sea
cartoons, art, and illustration
cats on matchboxes
cats wearing bows
possibly not okay and/or sad
how not to hold a cat
find the cat
a kitten in a maze
a cat falling in slow motion
a swimming cat
my pet lion
the adventures of sam
gjon mili's cat blackie
monkey the cat and his hats
rabougri: chat de gouttiere
black cat auditions for tales of terror
los angeles cat show
the krueger family
the trimpey family
cats in baskets and other containers
cats in motion
cats in labs
cats in wisconsin
cats in people clothes and/or doing people things
cats and dairy
cats and corn
cats and yarn
cats and non-cats
Geoff Charles: [Olwen Caradoc Evans, owner of Tu-Hwnt-i’r-Bont cafe in Llanrwst], 1959. Source: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru/National Library of Wales.
Geoff Charles, [Children in the waiting room of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals at Swansea], 1951. Source: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru/National Library of Wales.
[Coal is in short supply], cartoon by Leslie Gilbert Illingworth, 1941. Source: Cartoon Collection, Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru/National Library of Wales.
A soldier sleeps and a woman is frying sausages over a candle. There are coal coupons in an unlit fireplace.
[Image of Bettws Gwerfil Goch Mill showing Harry Edwards, the miller, at his work accompanied by his cat.] Geoff Charles, 1957. Source: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru/National Library of Wales.
Photograph by John Thomas, 1875. Source: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru/National Library of Wales, via Casgliad y Werin Cymru/People’s Collection Wales.
So you’ll have to use your imagination for the cats here, who must be waiting patiently for their milk off-camera.
In case you’re interested in historical/vintage and not just cats, I’ve started another Tumblr, where I’m parking my things old and Welsh. Many dog and fox and animal pictures queued up over there, I promise: http://oldandwelsh.tumblr.com.
Geoff Charles, 1959.
Page from the Black Book of Carmarthen, one of the earliest surviving manuscripts written entirely in the Welsh language (13th century). Source: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales.
The manuscript mentions a mythic cat, Cath Palug (“Palug’s cat,” or, possibly, “clawing cat”), that roamed the Isle of Anglesey. Fun cat: Big cat sightings are a continuing source of mystery in Welsh and British history.
Geoff Charles, “In search of the Welsh language in Ebbw Vale: Dewi and Olwen Samuel with Shan the cat,” 1956. (Source: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales, on Flickr.)
Photo-archivist’s note: “Image taken on a visit by Geoff Charles and John Aelod Jones to Ebbw Vale to see how such an anglicised area would react to the National Eisteddfod, during which they met many local residents, including Mr and Mrs Samuel, who are both teachers and both Welsh-speakers with Shan the cat.”
(Source: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales.)